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acrolect

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noun ac·ro·lect \ˈa-krə-ˌlekt\

Definition of acrolect

  1. :  the language variety of a speech community closest to the standard or prestige form of a language



Origin of acrolect

acr- + -lect (as in dialect)


First Known Use: 1964


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